Tweed jacket: zipia.net
Beret: Forever New
Bag: Colette Accessories
Have you ever purchased something you considered so special, so beautiful that you simply didn't want to wear it and just leave its majestic presence hanging in your wardrobe for all eternity? I bought this tweed coat from Zipia.net a few year ago and just thought it was too good to wear out, so I put it aside for all these winters that passed by! It was a great find at only $49USD but I don't think that deflates the worth of this coat at all- I have no idea where I would find a replica elsewhere for a price even close to that.
I love the tweed material, the flecks of gold woven into it, the bow-shaped pocket and of course the black and gold buttons with the little bows inside! The fitted design and length of the coat are also perfect- you can still show off your figure without having to succumb to cumbersome layers and a bulky silhouette we all dread so much in winter-time.
I ended up dragging out more relatively old items ('old' being a few years), such as this Forever New beret and the heels. The heels have soft, fabric bows on the front and the hat also features a large bow on the right side. Combined with all the bow details in my coat as well- I think it's pretty clear what my fashion obsession was a few years back.
It's no coincidence that in the last two shoots my face was either mostly down, or expression largely obscured by a pair of sunglasses, with barely a hint of a smile, whereas in this one my face is lifted up and beaming. The past two shoots were in the midst of a brutal and inhumane self-imposed chocolate ban. During this photo shoot however, I had already wholeheartedly embraced a flagrant and very aggressive breach of this ban- primarily in the form of boxes and boxes of chocolate chip cookies and Lindt hot chocolate mug refills. So yes, I swear this is the reason why I was able to turn that frown upside down for the majority of these photos. I would be smiling even wider with teeth but I don't think anyone wants to see brown chocolate stains or cavities galore.
Chocolate truly holds so many benefits- it helps you stay thinner than people who don't consume it (source), prevents cardiovascular disease (source), wards off wrinkles (source), and is the key to lifelong happiness (source: the Law of the Universe.) You can dispute the integrity of these research methods but you simply cannot argue against the Law of the Universe.